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Prof Igle Gledhill

CSIR principal researcher

Gledhill specialises in computational fluid dynamics for transonic flow, prediction of aerodynamic loads on accelerating bodies, and the prediction of safe store release from aircraft. She is also interested in the comparison of wind tunnel and other predictive methods, discrete element methods, and properties of non-linear optical materials, as well as modelling of air combat and air warfare. Further research includes computational chemistry, molecular dynamics, rational drug design, lattice gases and cellular automata.

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Gledhill specialises in computational fluid dynamics for transonic flow, prediction of aerodynamic loads on accelerating bodies, and the prediction of safe store release from aircraft. She is also interested in the comparison of wind tunnel and other predictive methods, discrete element methods, and properties of non-linear optical materials, as well as modelling of air combat and air warfare. Further research includes computational chemistry, molecular dynamics, rational drug design, lattice gases and cellular automata.

Gledhill serves on many international and local committees. In 2013 she was the President of the South African Institute of Physics. She served as the President of the South African Association for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics between 2000 and 2008. Gledhill has been a member and Vice-Chair of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, Working Group on Women and Physics since 2007. In 1994, she was the President of the South African Council for Automation and Computation.

Expertise: Computational fluid dynamics; Predictive methods for store separation; Aerodynamics of accelerating flight

Academic qualifications: 
  • BSc (Physics) (distinction), Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Rhodes University,1976
  • BSc (Hons) (Physics) (distinction), Rhodes University, 1977
  • PhD (physics), University of Natal, 1983
  • Executive National Security Programme at the South African National Defence College, 2001

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Contact Person

Dr Igle Gledhill

dpss@csir.co.za